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yeoman

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noun yeo·man \ˈyō-mən\

Simple Definition of yeoman

  • : an officer in the U.S. Navy who works as a clerk

  • : a farmer in the past who owned a small amount of land

Full Definition of yeoman

  1. 1 a :  an attendant or officer in a royal or noble household b :  a person attending or assisting another :  retainer c :  yeoman of the guard d :  a naval petty officer who performs clerical duties

  2. 2 a :  a person who owns and cultivates a small farm; specifically :  one belonging to a class of English freeholders below the gentry b :  a person of the social rank of yeoman

  3. 3 :  one that performs great and loyal service <did a yeoman's job in seeing the program through>

Origin of yeoman

Middle English yoman, yeman


First Known Use: 14th century

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